St Regis Bora Bora | Eden Voyage

St Regis Bora Bora | Eden Voyage

In the French Polynesia, it doesn’t get more idyllic than this sprawling Bora Bora cloister of the St Regis Hotel. Twosomes with a taste for the finer things will be hard-pressed to find a more romance-inspiring getaway. We chose this destination for our Honeymoon and it really was an incredible trip and very much just like you see on the postcard! (The blue waters are that blue!)

We arrived at Bora Bora airport via Tahiti, and was greeted with flower garlands and scented washcloths, before we boarded the resort’s private boat for the 15-minute journey to the hotel.

Our check in process was seamless and we were taken to our overwater villa via golf buggy. With 44 acres spread across three islands, the resort is surrounded by the open ocean and a large lagoon, and offers views of Bora Bora’s iconic peak, Mount Otemanu, from almost every vantage point. People get around via golf buggies, walking or the hotels lovely little bikes which your can keep at your villa.

Of the resort’s 90 suites, 77 are over-water villas, of which we had a delightful one with a large terrace, sunbathing area and our own private dining table on the decking. There really is something so invigorating in diving into the oceans there from your own room.  The villa was very spacious, with hardwood flooring punctuated by glass panes in the entryway, living room and bathroom that allow underwater observation.  Décor features wood furniture and wall treatments with motifs lending a traditional Polynesian look. 

Bathrooms are impressively large, with double sinks, a walk-in shower, sunken tub and walk-in closet. 

Of the resort’s 90 suites, 77 are over-water villas. Even the smallest of these is spacious, with hardwood flooring punctuated by glass panes in the entryway, living room and bathroom that allow underwater observation (or “Tahiti TV,” as it’s called here). Décor features wood furniture and wall treatments with motifs lending a traditional Polynesian look that feels authentic.

Bathrooms are impressively large, with double sinks, a walk-in shower, sunken tub and walk-in closet. 

Service really is top-notch, whether it’s being delivered by butlers (standard at every St. Regis resort), who’ll unpack and repack your luggage, or pool attendants, who deliver complimentary fruit smoothies to your sunbed. 

Other facilities include an artificial “lagoonarium” for snorkeling with tropical fish; two pools (one exclusively for adults); and French Polynesia’s only Clarins spa. You can also play a spot of tennis and use the watersports such as sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking. We loved taking our bikes for rides around the island every day and stopping off for a snorkle in the lagoon or finding a secluded little spot where you feel completely alone on the island. I will say that the hotels really do feel private and not inundated with loads of guests. Its so spread out it gives it such a lovely secluded feel. The hotel also arranged for a private jet ski tour of the islands which was incredible and finished off by out tour guide climbing some coconut and mango trees to pick them fresh for us to snack on, off the back of our jet ski.

Dining wise there are 4 restaurants and 24-hour room service to keep hunger at bay, Breakfast is served in the open-air beachfront restaurant, and for dinner, the resort’s Lagoon by Jean-Georges is the star, serving an Asian-Fusion menu in an overwater dining room with glass panels in the floor so you can watch lemon sharks glide by as you sip a lychee-raspberry bellini.

You must remember that the resort, is in the middle of nowhere so your not going to get Michelin starred level of food as everything is imported and can’t be locally sourced so if your a real foodie it may not reach your very top expectations. 

We did however venture out one evening to La villa Mahana on the main island. This luxury villa restaurant is intimate, romantic, and highly rated as an epicurean experience not to miss. The cuisine at La Villa Mahana is classic French but it blends many cultures while keeping the French and Polynesian traditions in each dish. Just 7 tables are on offer so reservations is a must!

Although there are a few families, this is primarily a couples and honeymoon hotspot with a casual, romantic and away-from-it-all vibe fostered by Instagram-worthy sunsets and the intoxicating scent of Tahitian gardenia in the air, which is a firm favourite in our house now.

Fun Fact…….This hotel was famously featured in the 2009 film Couples Retreat. It was called Eden Resort in the film and being that we had such a superb and special time on our honeymoon here led me to name my travel business ‘Eden Voyage’ 

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